Arrested in 'Racially Motivated' Murder of Black Man in 1983

Arrested in 'Racially Motivated' Murder of Black Man in 1983”

Coggins was found dead from traumatic injuries on October 9, 1983 in a grassy area in the small town of Sunny Side, south of Atlanta.

58, were charged with murder in the death of 23-year-old Timothy Coggins. A $25,000 cash bond on the violation of oath of office charge was set for Huffman, with another $10,000 cash bond set for the obstruction charge. If you are a criminal, murderer, drug dealer, or gang member you are no longer welcome or tolerated in Spalding County.

Frankie Gebhardt, 59, and 58-year-old Bill Moore Sr. were charged with murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and concealing the death of another, according to the news release. It's unclear what the new evidence was.

Also facing charges are Sandra Bunn and her 32-year-old son, Lamar Bunn, as well as Gregory Huffman, 47.

Sandra Bunn (left) and her son Lamar Bunn (right) were charged with obstruction.

Lamar Bunn worked for the Milner Police Department. 'It was a torturous death'. The Spaulding County Sheriff's Office stated in a press release that the victim died as a result of multiple forms of trauma.

Authorities began their investigation, conducting interviews as well as gather Throughout the investigation, "No stone was left unturned", according to investigators, but the case "went cold" until this March, when "new evidence came to light".

Police officers and detectives' extensive door-to-door investigation led them to find the names of those involved in the young man's murder.

Coggins' body was found somewhere along this road.

Huffman was sacked from the sheriff's office Friday morning.

Sheriff Darrell Dix said: "We have been in contact with a representative from Coggins" family and they have been briefed on where we are at in the investigation.

'It does not matter who he was, or where he was from, this man died a frightful death and those responsible for his murder need to be held accountable. Dix added that had the killing would have been prosecuted as a hate crime had it occurred today. They had been dedicated to intimidate and threaten potential witnesses in an attempt to remain untouched, Dix confirmed.

'Thirty four years have passed since this awful crime was committed and those who killed him have believed that they would remain untouched until literally just a few days ago.

"Thanks to the assistance of both local and statewide new media coverage, previously unknown witnesses stepped forward and when interviewed, numerous witnesses stated that they had been living with this information since Coggins' death but had been afraid to come forward until now or had not spoken of it until now", Dix said.

Dix offered condolences to Coggins' family and added the pursuit of the case should act as a warning to criminals in the county.

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